Studying in Welsh
Being able to communicate and work in more than one language is a significant advantage in terms of employability, and Welsh language skills will give you a further edge in the job market in Wales. The School of Modern Languages is committed to enabling students to study foreign languages through the medium of Welsh and to develop their translingual skills.
Welsh medium provision has been increasing steadily since 2007, when we offered the first courses in French through the medium of Welsh. In 2009, German was added to the Welsh medium curriculum and Spanish will be available in cooperation with Swansea University in the near future.
Welsh medium provision is offered in French and German on all levels, Years 1, 2 and 4, as well as Master’s level, where required. Besides Welsh language seminars in the language core modules, the choice of content modules in Welsh has seen a steady increase over the past two years. Welsh medium students can profit from collaborations between different academic schools, e.g. SML and the School of History as well as from co-taught modules in Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea universities. For a full list of modules available in Welsh see the Course List or ask one of the Welsh medium lectures for the Welsh medium module booklet.
Some of our courses qualify for Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol scholarships. Incentive scholarships are worth £500 a year for three years, and are open to students who intend to study at least 40 credits per year through the medium of Welsh. Lead scholarships are worth £1,000 a year for three years for students studying at east 80 credits per year through the medium of Welsh.
The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol currently funds two full-time Welsh medium lectureships in Bangor, one for French and one for German. The French post is held by Sian Beidas and the German lecturer is Dr Edith Gruber. You can contact either of them for more information on Welsh medium studies, modules available in other schools and in collaboration with Swansea and Aberystwyth, and Welsh medium scholarships.
SML offer a range of activities for Welsh medium students in collaboration with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, such as a two day residential course for Modern Languages which was held for the first time in 2012 in Cardiff Bay. The event, funded by the CCC, was a great success and will take place again in November 2013, this time in North Wales. Read about the course here. The Welsh medium staff for Modern Languages across Wales also organise an annual conference where staff and students can present their research in an informal and welcoming setting. The conference was held in Swansea in 2012 and in Gregynog in 2013. These events are also funded by the CCC.